Things to do at Dalby Forest
On the 2nd of April 2007 the new eco-friendly visitor centre
officially opened. This building is one of the Forestry
Commissionís first visitor centres with sustainability as
its main focus and is situated along the forest drive just
beyond the forest village of Low Dalby.
Facilities within the centre include an information desk,
Forestry Commission shop, exhibition area with handís on
interactive displays, conference meeting room, external and
internal toilets and Treetops Restaurant with terrace
serving a variety of home cooked meals and snacks.
Maps and information booklets about the various walking and
cycling trails within the forest are available from the
Wheelchairs and electric buggies are available for use from
the Visitor Centre.
There are waymarked mountain bike routes graded from green
(easy) to black (severe) for more experienced cyclists.
Dixonís Hollow, a cycle skills area is located near
Adderstone Field. Purple Mountain Bike Centre,
www.purplemountain.co.uk, provides bike hire,
maintenance and a bike wash facilities in Dalby Forest.
Horse riders are welcome to ride in Forestry Commission
freehold woodlands on forest roads and bridleways.
Orienteering is a fun sport that anyone can take part in and
involves map reading to navigate between marked posts.
The new course in Dalby at Adderstone was opened in April
2008 and maps are available from the Visitor Centre at a
cost of £2.50.
Dogs and their owners are welcome to walk in Forestry Commission
woods. Dog walkers have the freedom to
roam throughout the forest with the only exception being play
areas for children. Dog watering points at the Visitor Centre
and Courtyard provide welcome relief.
Please note that the
forest is unlike a town park and we do not provide dog bins. We
ask visiting dog walkers to help keep the forest path network
and picnic sites free of dog mess by either bagging the waste
and taking it home with you, or by flicking the poo off the path
and into the undergrowth.
Go Ape high wire forest adventure can be found at Dalby Forest.
For further information visit
Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society operate the
astronomical observatories outside Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.
They run public viewing nights throughout the year on the first
Friday of every month from 8pm (excluding June, July and
The Recreation Rangers run a programme of fun events throughout
the year, please note that some events are very popular and need
to be booked in advance. For further information check the
and the list of events can be viewed under Things to do
Dalby Courtyard is the home to a variety of craft workshop
units, offices and a cafe and bike hire centre.
information can be obtained from the following addresses:
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7LT
Tel: 01751 460295
Open daily 10am Ė 4.00pm
Forestry Commission North York
Outgang Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7EL
Tel: 01751 472771 Fax: 01751 474503